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Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

1. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg Harbor: Evening City Lights Barge Cruise

2. Hamburg Harbor: Evening City Lights Barge Cruise

Experience Hamburg's Harbor by the evening light on a traditional barge. Take a romantic round-trip voyage through the Hamburg Harbor and enjoy a cozy atmosphere with the illuminated silhouette of the city as your backdrop. Travel through the historic Speicherstadt (depending on the tide) and along the impressive illuminated container terminals. Hear interesting stories of the harbor's history with live moderation from the captain, while relaxing with a drink. Alternatively, pick one of the special tours that take place only occasionally. Choose the special Queen Mary II cruise to accompany Queen Mary II at the Cruise Terminal and then follow her along the River Elbe. During the boat ride, learn all about the ship from the professional guide. Or, celebrate the Anniversary of Hamburg Harbor onboard a traditional barge. Watch the opening parade to the festival unveil, as the weekend of celebrations will then follow.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

3. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

Admire Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions sparkling at night, marvel at the illuminated Speicherstadt District, and see impressive container ships up-close aboard a 1.5-hour evening cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your nighttime harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs beautifully lit up. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the shining Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: Sightseeing Cruise through the City's Waterways

4. Hamburg: Sightseeing Cruise through the City's Waterways

Experience the beauty and history of Hamburg's waterways on a sightseeing cruise. Pass through narrow channels and under old and new bridges. Take in views of the Speicherstadt warehouse district and cruise by the barque ship 'Peking.' Meet your guide at the tour partner's shop and board the comfortable and spacious ship. Begin your sailing adventure through Hamburg's old free port area where the contrast in the city between the old and the new architecture is most apparent.  Sail thorugh imposing rows of red-brick warehouses that store carpets, coffee, and spices in the Speicherstadt district. Listen to onboard commentary or use your audio guide to hear about the facinating history of this Hanseatic city.  Glide through the modern face of the metropolis as you reach HafenCity, the contemporary residential and business district of Hamburg. Capture pictures of the waved-roof of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall. Take a short detour to the steel-hulled Peking ship to view its stunning 4 masts. Return to your meeting point at the end of the cruise. 

Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

5. Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

See Hamburg's exciting new architectural and cultural landmark, the Elbphilarmonie on a guided walking tour, excluding its concert halls. Then see Hamburg from a different perspective on a boat cruise in the harbor. Enjoy a guided tour of Hamburg's new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie. Learn from your guide about this impressive building. Begin with a tour around the building before riding the world's longest escalator. Then admire great views of Hamburg and the harbor from the Plaza, with interesting commentary from your tour guide. Also included in this tour is an approximately 1-hour harbor boat tour. Travel close to the enormous containerships and admire the Elbphilharmonie from the water. Photograph the building from this unique perspective. If the water level is sufficient, you will also travel through the canals of the Speicherstadt – the Hamburg Warehouse District. The jetty is close to the Elbphilharmonie. Depending on your booked time, you can either visit the Elbphilharmonie first and then take the harbor tour at 11:00, or go on the harbor tour first and then visit the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg: Harbor Cruise with Wine and Cheese

6. Hamburg: Harbor Cruise with Wine and Cheese

Sit back and take in the beautiful Hamburg sunset on this guided wine and cheese harbor cruise. Relax in the calm atmosphere on board and enjoy the views of the sun setting behind the city. A dedicated server will ensure that you enjoy delicious white or red wine and a variety of locally-sourced cheese. Dine outside in warmer weather or feel cozy and warm in the heated salon during winter.   Cruise through Hamburg Harbor as your live tour guide points out the important monuments of this Hanseatic city. Learn about the docks, St. Michael's Church, the Elbphilharmonie, the new district of HafenCity, and parts of the historical Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

7. Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

Sail past the famous Alster Fountain and under the Lombards bridge directly to the Outer Alster. See beautiful residential areas and sights, such as the Hotel Atlantic, Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, or Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Discover the city´s stunning panorama with its church spires and bridges, as well as the natural life along the lakeside with its many water birds and rare plants.

Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

8. Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

Admire the most beautiful side of Hamburg's harbor during a relaxing boat cruise. Starting in the famous warehouse district, or Speicherstadt, journey up the Elbe River and into the harbor with its world-famous attractions. Explore the harbor basins and quays, while observing the current ocean-going ships. See other famous sites of the harbor, including the St. Pauli landing bridges, the Blohm and Voss shipyard. Continue by the Tollerort container terminal, the cruise center in HafenCity, the large and small museum ships, and the new Hafen City itself. Learn more about the history of the harbor, and its development throughout the decades to the present day.

Hamburg: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

9. Hamburg: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise through the harbor of Hamburg. Explore the industrial side and see the highlights as you make your way to Blankenese. Admire one of the richest and most lavish areas in Hamburg from the boat and spot its impressive architecture. Furthermore, you will see the Airbus plant, where all planes are built, the container terminals and the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg: Reeperbahn, Port, & Fish Market Morning Tour

10. Hamburg: Reeperbahn, Port, & Fish Market Morning Tour

Experience Hamburg at sunrise on this exciting tour to the fish market. See the Elb Tunnel, ride on the harbor ferry, and explore this unique part of the port city. Start at the Reeperbahn as that area dies down from the night, cross over to the colorful Spielbudenplatz, and walk past Davidwache, a spot featured in various TV shows and movies. Proceed to the port and into the depths of the 100-year-old Elb Tunnel. Take a ride on the harbor ferry towards Finkenwerder, enjoying the fresh harbor air as you learn interesting facts about the Hamburg Harbor. Afterwards, walk along Großen Elbstraße, a street lined with gourmet restaurants as well as wholesale fish retailers. Stop at Schellfischposten, where the popular TV show “Inas Nacht” is filmed. Finally, wander the world-famous fish market. As your guide tells you interesting and entertaining stories about the Altona Fish Market, stroll through the alleyways and admire the fresh fish and other delicacies. Enjoy a coffee and typical Hamburg specialties with live music in the Fish Auction Hall, and get your Sunday off to a fun and relaxing start.

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 115 reviews

Was a super nice boat trip, it was very informative and also very personable and funny. Was a real cool speaker. You should only dress warmly. It also felt like the boat trip was a little different for each group, nothing was rattled off.

The support team was great! The captain is awesome! very interesting tour - information was presented in a very understandable way! It was a pleasure despite the cool temperatures!

It was particularly exciting on Friday evening ))))) The guide's name was Gan (or Can) and he told it very interestingly!

Awesome! Great experience, won’t ever forget it. Hamburg is just beautiful and you ship crew was very funny

Really beautiful Tour and good fun listening to the tour guide